South Australian Aboriginal Secondary Training Academy (SAASTA) students will now have the opportunity to take part in the world game while completing their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).
The state government has committed an additional $100,000 over two years to establish the SAASTA Aboriginal Football Academy, the state’s very first soccer academy for Aboriginal students in Year 10, 11 and 12.
It will follow the format of other SAASTA specialist learning academies with a focus on SACE and VET learning complemented by practical skill development in the specialised areas such as sport, hospitality, community services and science.
Former Adelaide United Football Club captain Travis Dodd has been named ambassador for the academy, and SAASTA old scholar and Adelaide United W-League player Evelyn Goldsmith will act as a mentor for the students.
The establishment of the new academy would build on the outcomes that SAASTA is already achieving. In addition to achieving their SACE, students in this academy will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a globally recognised sport, potentially opening the door to local or even worldwide opportunities.
Supporting and enhancing the work being done by SAASTA is a key part of the Aboriginal Education Strategy, launched late last year, which aims to support each Aboriginal child and young person to be proud and confident learners achieving their highest potential.
The academy will run every Thursday from February next year.